Thick White Sauce, Recipes Used for Baked Dishes
by Tarla Dalal
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Bathe veggies and goodies in this Thick White Sauce, top with a little cheese and bake, to get lusciously creamy, cheesy, flavourful dishes!
This basic recipe shows you how to make a slightly thicker white sauce, which is ideal for use in baked dishes.
You can also arm yourself with other basic recipes like Basic Pizza Base or Bread Loaf .
- Heat the butter in a broad non-stick pan, add the plain flour and cook on a slow flame for 30 seconds, while stirring continuously.
- Add the milk, salt and pepper powder, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, or till the sauce thickens, while stirring continuously.
- Use as required.
- If the sauce is to be used for later use, add a little milk, mix well and re-heat it.
Thick White Sauce, Recipes Used for Baked Dishes recipe with step by step photos
The basic Thick white sauce is also known as béchamel and has its origin in France. The authentic béchamel sauce, makes use of milk boiled with studded onion (onion halve pierced with cloves) and bay leaves but, that is totally optional.
For making the Thick White Sauce, heat the butter in a broad non-stick pan.
Once the butter has melted, add the plain flour.
Cook on a slow flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring continuously with the help of a whisk. This is called as a roux which acts a thickening agent for the Thick White Sauce. The frequent stirring helps in even cooking of the flour apart from preventing it from forming lumps.
Once you see the flour has become a little froth and golden in colour, reduce the flame to low and add the milk. Pour the milk with one hand and whisk using the other hand. If you are vegan or allergic to dairy products, then use almond milk.
Whisk well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, or till the Thick White Sauce thickens, while stirring continuously. It is very important to mix continuously after you add the milk and whisk until the flour and milk have incorporated well. If not whisked well, you might get lumps in your Thick White Sauce.
Add the salt and pepper
Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 more minute. You can even add little nutmeg powder to enhance the flavor of Thick White Sauce.
Cool the Thick White Sauce completely, pour in an air-tight container and refrigerate/freeze. Remember, on cooling the Thick white sauce will thicken more. You can even prepare the Thick white sauce in a microwave, refer this recipe to learn how to make White Sauce In Microwave. If the sauce is to be used later, add a little milk, mix well and re-heat it.The ratio of butter:flour:milk is ALWAYS remain 1:1:10 to get a perfect consistency thin Thick white sauce that is used in White Sauce Pasta recipe and cream soup recipes like the Cream Of Brocolli Soup.
For making baked and other dishes, this Thick White Sauce is enhanced with addition of an assortment of ingredients or used as a base to make other sauces. For thick consistency Thick white sauce for croquettes and other appetizer recipes, use 2 tablespoons of butter and 2.5 tablespoons of flour to ½ cup of milk. Cheese Corn Balls is my favorite recipe using this mesaurements.
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